Namibia, the endless horizons

Namibia is an African precious stone that very few people deeply explored. Traveling along this country you will find so many great contrasts that you will easily forget to be in the dark continent.
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The Photographic Tour

Namibia is an African precious stone that very few people deeply explored. Traveling along this country you will find so many great contrasts that you will eas- ily forget to be in the dark continent. Majestic dunes are followed by green oasis full of life. Endless spaces, plenty of animals, are cut through boundless roads, which get lost in the oldest desert of the world. Mys- terious seashores of fine sand are reflected in the ocean that echoes the colonial history. The forever-blue sky, the wide and quiet spaces hide a subsoil rich in dia- monds and gemstones.

Passing through Namibia is a unique experience to discover some of the most remote places on earth. The deep silence and the wildness of this country offer you moving emotions that fight against time to last forever, like the sands of the desert.

if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
— African proverb
 

The story of our tour

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Quiver Tree Forest

Since the beginning of times, in the heart of Namibia, there is a dry land where an infinity of black and red rocks lies like a cradle of the gorgeous trees of the Quiver Tree Forest. These stones, warmed by the sun, keep the aloe trees seeds, which are able to grow high and majestic and live for centuries. When the sun caresses the horizon, these ancient trees show unique colours and soon their typical silhouette comes to life under the burning sky. With a great surprise you realize to be immersed into a real forest, there where it seems that nothing could ever grow up.

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Fish River Canyon

As far as the eye can see, we are looking for life forms. There is neither savannah, nor sand dunes, nor animals nor tribe. It does not seem to be in Africa but it seems to be in the middle of the Grand Canyon. Only loads of mountains loom along the horizon, while nothingness and silence are the aim of this boundless expanse.

The strong desire to discover what is hidden at the foot of these steep rocks pushes you on to the faint borders between earth and sky. When Mother Nature opens out before your eyes, you are shuddered all over, and a huge sensation of void suddenly overcomes you. Under a burning sky, the real miracle is observing that, down there, a low river flows and, in days of old, was able to erode the second largest canyon in the world. 

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Luderitz & S

hark Island 

The city of Lüderitz rises on the southern coast of Namibia, in a little bay facing on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a small and windy town built in a typical Bavarian style, but with a rich historical background linked to the diamonds.

People say that from Shark Island, a little peninsula neigh- boring the maritime town of Lüderitz, it is possible to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets of the entire Namibia. This en- chanted location, with a beautiful view on the bay, is bound- ed in a strange combination: on one side you will hear the rumble of the sea breaking on the rocks and on the other side the silence of the desert that echoes on your back. Into this window on the infinite, the ocean turns red when the sun plunges into the sea, trying to look like the sand dunes standing on the edge of the town. 

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Kolmanskop

An abandoned jewel rises in the middle of the desert, just few steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. It is a pearl of beauty and silence as the majestic desert that embraces it. This small ghost town built in the middle of nothing and enclosed only by sand dunes, it is what remains of the un- bridled diamond rush, a remote past that no longer exists.

Under the first morning lights, a thin and crisp fog rises from the ocean, creating a ghostly atmosphere. The sand dunes, that have invaded the houses, shine of golden hues, and the bright colours of the crumbling ruins’ walls, con- quered by the desert, catch everyone’s eyes. 

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Namib Desert

If you think at the desert like an alternation of sand dunes, you certainly have a restricted idea of what really a desert is.
The Namib Desert, that boasts the renown of “the oldest des- ert of the world“, offers you the opportunity to admire one of the most suggestive landscape of Namibia. Driving along the desert, our sight is gratified by unforgettable and contrasting scenarios. Huge and orange sand dunes suddenly break off to make space for wide plains of red soil. Seldom, here and there, there are animals feeding themselves on small bushes that un- explainably cover these plains. The landscape is broken off by long straight roads, which seem to run toward the horizon and rush against impressive mountain range. 

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Sossusvlei & Deadvlei

The Namib Desert is generally associated to the smaller, touristic but amazing Sossusvlei Zone. This landscape is wonderful because of its sand dunes of warm colours, from orange to gold, rising high in the ever light blue sky, like real sand mountains. These places are full of charm and seem created to be admired and photographed like a perfect postcard landscape.

Occasional visitors, fond of trekking, hikers and nature lovers, come across to the foot of the world’s highest sand dunes to admire the beauty of Mother Nature. 

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Walvis Bay

Five hundred kilometres of majestic dunes plunging into the sea divide Lüderitz from Walvis Bay, the two main mar- itime small towns of Namibia. The roads of this town inter- rupt only for a few miles the sand of the desert, that bring back to spread for more than thirty kilometres into the ocean, creating a suggestive sand tongue called Pelican Point. It is an uncontaminated place where it is possible to pass some hours far away from the town, plunged in an unusual Namibian landscape. Seals, pelicans and flamin- gos inhabit and animate the entire strip of sand with their sounds, letting you forget about the town noise.

In this peaceful place it is easy to get lost while you ad- mire the pink color of the flamingos, combined to the grey color of the sand, and you observe thousands of seals on which the ocean breaks itself, as if they were stones. 

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Natural Rock Arch

Forget about the verdant forests filled with singing birds in the background that inhabit the mountains slope across the world. Here, through the arid gravel plains of central Namibia, suddenly rise clusters of granite peaks, completely bare of vegetation. Isolat- ed and dunked in the arid desert, where even find- ing water prove to be difficult, stands these bizarre rock formations considered a paradise both for ge- ologists and climbers.

The area boasts numerous mountains, including the highest and most famous peak: the Spitzkoppe. Thanks to its spender shape it gained the alias of Matterhorn of Africa. 

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Skeleton Coast

Bushmen call it “the land that God created with fury”. For the Portuguese sailors it was known as “the hell’s door”. For us it is simply the Skeleton Coast, a seashore zone with a very worrying name that immediately defines the conditions of this desert land. This Atlantic coast of northern Namibia stretches about five hundred kilome- tres and it is the homeland of a remote and tragic land- scape, inhabited by very few animal species.

Frequently, during the year, the cold ocean wind meets the hot wind of the desert; this event creates a thick fog that prevents the orientation and the identification of the mainland. This view, plunged in a sea mist, gives to the land at the end of the world unique and wonderful suggestions. 

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Etosha Park

The Etosha Park is a timeless space. Here the animals sym- biotically live in the ambient that host them; here the man is only a viewer in front of the nature and the laws that rule it. Wide stretch of bush and red land spread all around the central zone of the park, where there is the famous Pan, a saline hollow almost always desert. There is an alternation of zones rich in high trees with wide foliage and completely bar- ren zones; it seems to have stood still at the Genesis time. The silence, that until now was our companion along the travel, suddenly disappears.

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Okonjima Foundation 

Just North of the Namib capital, among the Ombroko mountains, there is the private natural Okonjima reserve. Among its 55 thousands bush acre, it holds a high number of felines, mainly cheetahs and leopards. Some of these animals live in captivity, raised and cured in the Africat Foundation Hospital after being saved by the man’s ill- treatment. Soon after they are released in the huge park and they return to live alongside felines that, like most of the leopards, have always been free.

Thanks to expert guides, it is possible to look for these animals, where you can admire them in their habitat. It needs to rely upon lucky to succeed in seeing leopards and cheetahs in a few hours, because they are so capable of hiding themselves and not being found by humans. 


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